President Trump denied that he owed a million dollars to charity on Monday after the Senator Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test showing she actually does have Native American ancestry.
“I didn’t say that. You’d better read it again,” Trump told reporters at the White House Monday. “Who cares? Who cares?”
The remarks from Trump are 100 percent contradicted by comments he made in July in which he dared Warren to take exactly such a test and said he would donate a seven figure windfall to a charity of her choosing if she did.
“I will give you a million dollars, paid for by Trump, to your favorite charity, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” he said during one of his trademark rallies. “I have a feeling she will say ‘no.'”
On Monday, Warren surprised many by deciding to release the results of her DNA test, which she says proved she had a distant Native American ancestor dating from between six and 10 generations in the past. Results of the test were first provided by Warren to the Boston Globe.
Warren herself paired the announcement with a very presidential-looking campaign ad exploring her Oklahoma roots, which she released on Twitter.
“In the senator’s genome we did find 5 segments of Native American ancestry with very high confidence where we believe the error rate is less than one in a thousand,” said Carlos Bustamonte, a Stanford geneticist who administered the test.
“You absolutely have a native American ancestry in your pedigree,” he tells Warren over the phone in the ad.
My family (including Fox News-watchers) sat together and talked about what they think of @realDonaldTrump’s attacks on our heritage. And yes, a famous geneticist analyzed my DNA and concluded that it contains Native American ancestry. pic.twitter.com/r3SNzP22f8
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) October 15, 2018